Defi Ste-Agathe round six summary

Canadian Rally Championship - Defi Ste-Agathe Round 6 of 2002 championship Richard takes third win of year to extend points lead. DUHAMEL, QUE. (Sept. 7/2002) - Vancouver rally driver Pat Richard raced to his third victory of the season at...

Canadian Rally Championship - Defi Ste-Agathe
Round 6 of 2002 championship

Richard takes third win of year to extend points lead.

DUHAMEL, QUE. (Sept. 7/2002) - Vancouver rally driver Pat Richard raced to his third victory of the season at the Defi Ste-Agathe/Duhamel in the Laurentian mountains north of Montreal on Saturday.

Driving a factory Subaru Impreza WRX, Richard finished 42 seconds ahead of Jon Nichols, of Lachine, Que., in a privately-entered WRX.

Richard's win extended his lead in the Subaru Canadian Rally Championship, presented by Yokohama. After six of nine rounds, he has a 23-point advantage, 85-62, over Sylvain Erickson. The 28-year-old from Vancouver is seeking his first overall Canadian title (although he won the production class in 2000).

Erickson, of Gatineau, Que., finished third in a Mitsubishi Lancer - a minute and 13 seconds behind Nichols - while Sylvain Vincent, of La Plaine, Que., was fourth in another Impreza WRX.

Richard, with Ian McCurdy as navigator, covered 156.81 kilometres of special stages - the competitive portions of the rally on gravel roads temporarily closed to the public - in one hour, 38 minutes, 11 seconds, for an average speed of 95.83 km/h.

Joel Levac, of Riviere-Beaudette, Que., surprised the usual frontrunners by setting the pace on Friday night's opening two stages in his production-class Impreza WRX.

On Saturday morning, Nichols and then Toronto's Peter Thomson, in another Impreza WRX, took turns in the lead. But Richard moved ahead just before the midday service stop and stayed there to the end.

Thomson and Levac eventually faded to fifth and sixth-place finishes, although Levac took the production class victory.

Peter Reilly, of Brampton, Ont., was eighth overall in a Ford Focus, but first in the Group 2 division for modified two-wheel-drive cars. Top honors in the smaller-engined production classes went to Steve Walkington, of Hudson, Que., in a VW Scirocco, and Sylvain Bazinet, of Lantier, Que., in a Suzuki Swift.

Results of the DEFI STE-AGATHE/DUHAMEL
Round 6 of the Subaru Canadian Rally Championship, presented by Yokohama (driver, navigator, homes, car, time):

1. Pat Richard, Vancouver / Ian McCurdy, Whistler, B.C., Subaru Impreza WRX, 1h38m11s; 2. Jon Nichols, Lachine, Que. / Dave Shindle, Virginia, Subaru Impreza WRX, 1h38m53s; 3. Sylvain Erickson / Philippe Erickson, Gatineau, Que., Mitsubishi Lancer, 1h40m06s; 4. Sylvain Vincent / Dominique Cyr, La Plaine, Que., Subaru Impreza WRX, 1h40m33s; 5. Peter Thomson, Toronto / Rod Hendricksen, New Jersey, Subaru Impreza WRX, 1h43m45s; 6. Joel Levac, Riviere-Beaudette, Que. / Eric Bourbonnais, Montreal, Subaru Impreza WRX, 1h46m02s; 7. Rejean Losier, St-Sauveur-des-Monts, Que. / Art Losier, Ste-Julie, Que., Mitsubishi Lancer, 1h46m40s; 8. Peter Reilly, Brampton, Ont. / Ray Felice, Guelph, Ont., Ford Focus, 1h49m47s; 9. Greg Brady / Stephen Frankovitch, Smith Falls, Ont., Subaru Impreza RS, 1h50m09s; 10. Jean-Marc Alcaraz, St-Lambert-de-Levis, Que. / Shirley Normandin, Laval, Que., VW Golf, 1h50m24s.

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS (after 6/9 rounds): 1. Richard, 85 points; 2. Erickson, 62; 3. Andrew Comrie-Picard, New York, 48; 4. Tom McGeer, Georgetown, Ont, 40; 5. Thomson, 39; 6. Levac, 34; 7. Jean-Sebastien Besner, Montreal, 31; 8. Brian Scott, Michigan, 18; 9. Nichols, 15; 10. John Paynter, Sackville, N.S., 14.

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Series Other rally
Drivers Sylvain Erickson , Pat Richard , Andrew Comrie-Picard , Jon Nichols , Tom McGeer , Peter Reilly , Ray Felice , Rejean Losier , Art Losier , Peter Thomson , Dave Shindle , Brian Scott